You’ve chosen the kitchen of your dreams and all you need to do now is find a kitchen fitter and with the cost of installation often the same or even more than the kitchen itself, choosing the right kitchen fitter is essential.
As with any tradesperson the best way to find someone is through recommendation so ask your friends and family who they used. Ensure you get three quotes and although price is a factor also consider things such as whether they made useful suggestions on how the kitchen could look and whether they had attention to detail.
Here’s our guide to some useful questions to ask when choosing a kitchen fitter…
How soon can you do the job?
Ideally the delivery of your kitchen and the fitter starting work would be within days of each other, storing a kitchen for several weeks while you wait for your fitter to be free isn’t ideal. Most kitchens take around 4-6 weeks to be delivered so work within these timescales when choosing your installer.
Do you have a portfolio?
Before you book, take a look at their previous work, maybe ask a former client their experiences.
Are you able to deal with utilities?
A qualified electrician and Gas Safe registered plumber will need to handle any electrical and gas work. If your kitchen fitter is not qualified in these areas is he going to organise their correct installation himself or are you expected to? A fitter who handles everything and calls in extra trades when required is the preferred option.
Is skip hire/ kitchen removal included in the price?
Avoiding extra hassle such as booking skip hire and taking out the old kitchen is ideal, however if you are on a tight budget, removing and disposing the kitchen yourself may save you £££’s on your installation bill.
How long is the work guaranteed for?
Just like your kitchen is guaranteed the fitter’s work should be too. If something should go wrong will the fitter put things right?
Does the quote include VAT?
Many kitchen fitters probably won’t charge VAT but best to be clear so there are no nasty surprises on invoice day.
Finally, when selecting a kitchen fitter don’t choose one who asks for money up front. You should only play upon completion, once you are happy with the quality of workmanship.